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Luisa Rabbia
updated: 02/21/2011
website: www.luisarabbia.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Carrying the Future (detail)
Carrying the Future
Crowd
Crowd (detail)
From the Whithin Out (2)
From the Whithin Out (1)
Twins (2)
Under the Same Sky (4)
Under the Same Sky (2)
Old man
Prima della tempesta
Monologue
Sleeping Landscape
Sitting weightless
Being Sleeping
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, figurative, memory, social criticism
 
 
Carrying the Future (detail) by Luisa Rabbia
Carrying the Future (detail)
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2010
34 " x  20 "  x 21 " 
Carrying the Future by Luisa Rabbia
Carrying the Future
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2010
34 " x  20 "  x 21 " 
Crowd by Luisa Rabbia
Crowd
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2011
57 " x  50 "  x 35 " 
Crowd (detail) by Luisa Rabbia
Crowd (detail)
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2011
57 " x  50 "  x 35 " 
From the Whithin Out (2) by Luisa Rabbia
From the Whithin Out (2)
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, paper
2010
45 " x  45 " 
From the Whithin Out (1) by Luisa Rabbia
From the Whithin Out (1)
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, paper
2009
45 " x  73 " 
Twins (2) by Luisa Rabbia
Twins (2)
White pencil, blue acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2009
6 " x  8 "  x 11 " 
Under the Same Sky (4) by Luisa Rabbia
Under the Same Sky (4)
White pencil, acrylic blu color, archival ink jet print
2009
24 " x  114 " 
Under the Same Sky (2) by Luisa Rabbia
Under the Same Sky (2)
White pencil, acrylic blu color, archival ink jet print
2009
24 " x  100 " 
Old man by Luisa Rabbia
Old man
Pencil on mixed material
2006
28" x  28"  x 30" 
Prima della tempesta by Luisa Rabbia
Prima della tempesta
Porcelain
2006
Dimensions variable
Monologue by Luisa Rabbia
Monologue
Blue pencil on mixed materials
2006
25 " x  15 "  x 47 " 
Sleeping Landscape by Luisa Rabbia
Sleeping Landscape
Blue pencil, white acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2005
16" " x  60" " 
Sitting weightless by Luisa Rabbia
Sitting weightless
Blue pencil drawing on mixed materials
2005
Dimensions variable
Being Sleeping by Luisa Rabbia
Being Sleeping
Blue pencil, white acrylic paint, fabric, papier-mâché
2004
11" " x  18" " 

Artist Statement

My work is based on drawings, which I see as a link that unites rational conception with imagination. For me drawing is a technique that expands both in meaning and the different media it involves.  It is also a point of passage that records everything that appears in a span of time. Drawing is like a script that translates words into images, but there is never a transcription of thoughts, rather an elaboration of the thought itself when it translates in image.

As every writer needs a reader, I consider the relation with the viewer very important on my work: the viewer is someone who interacts and finds his/her own interpretation of the images, according to personal experiences and culture. It fascinates me to think that through drawing, line by line, I register the little seconds that seem not to exist, but are those that make up hours, days and years.

I am interested in the connection between things and I search for it through time, places, thoughts, and human relations. Human condition is at the center of my reflection. Subjects are often entwined with one another through abstract long lines that look like roots and visually connect them together as they spread through the landscape or underground.

On recent projects (2009-2010) I have been reflecting on my experience as an immigrant and in what I see every time I return to my own city,Turin (Italy) where I find a society that is changing under the flow of new cultures coming mostly from Africa, East Europe and China. The theme of immigration in my work is seen from the psychological rather than from the political. Drawings and sculptures are a reflection on memories, expectations and precariousness involved on the decision of leaving one place or someone for the unknown.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Torino (Italy) in 1970, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY      

Education   

1988 Diploma at Liceo Artistico Primo, Torino
1992 Master at Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Torino   

Grants / Awards / Residencies  

2007

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Artist in Residence, May 2007

2002

Artist Residency at Artomi (NY)
2000-2001

Artist Residency at International Studio Program (ISCP), NY

1996

Prize Modernità Progetto 2000, Young Artist International Competition, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino
       
Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010

You Were Here. You Were There
Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève

Luisa Rabbia
Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires

2009

Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella. Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia
Luisa Rabbia: In viaggio sotto lo stesso cielo
Fondazione Merz, Torino

2008

Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella. Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

2007

Luisa Rabbia
Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York

2006

Luisa Rabbia
Marta Cervera Gallery, Madrid

2005

ISLANDS
GAMeC Raffaele de Grada
Special Project Arte all'Arte X, Associazione Continua, San Gimignano

Anywhere out of the World
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino

2003

La Sala degli Specchi
Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino

2002

Luisa Rabbia
Massimo Audiello Gallery, NY
          Selected Group Exhibitions    

2010

Cosa fa la mia anima mentre sto lavorando?
MAGA, Museo Arte Gallarate

Heads or Tails
Mary Ryan Gallery, NY

2009

Hopes and Doubts
Fondazione Mario Merz, Torino

2008

15 Quadriennale di Roma
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma

2007

Apocalittici e integrati
MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Roma

2006

Italy made in Art: Now
Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

Fresco Bosco Padula
Certosa di Padula, Padula

2005

Il bianco e altro e comunque arte
Palazzo Cavour, Torino

2004

Arte all'Arte IX: Special Project
Associazione Continua, San Gimignano